NEW YORK – Phyllis Katz, an educator at Temple Beth El’s Sandi Kupperman Learning Center was one of the teachers from around the country who met in New York City last month for an intensive training seminar on empowering students to articulate and advocate for Israel. Led by The David Project’s group of staff educators, teachers learned how to inspire others for activism and help others to think critically. The curriculm for Jewish high schools is called, “The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Educating Ourselves, Educating Others.” With the support of the Avi Chai Foundation, The David Project created a 14-unit Israel education curriculum, now taught in more than 100 schools in North America and Israel. Educators teaching this curriculum participate in a three-day Teacher Training Institute. Upon completing the training, educators enter a vibrant partnership with The David Project. They receive ongoing consultation, support, resources, site visits, and additional educational programs.
The David Project has a long-term strategy – to populate university campuses with educated, trained, and confident college students, to prepare high schools students and Jewish teens to become Israel advocates and to activate the Jewish community in response to the growing anti-Israel discourse. Their strategy is based on a unique analysis for understanding and communicating to others the nature of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This approach enables participants to understand the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict by promoting critical thinking, historical accuracy, moral decision-making and activism. Their goal is to motivate through education.
“Teaching about Israel is important in our religious school,” said Caryl Resnick, director of Education at the Sandi Kupperman Learning Center. “I want to thank the Harold Grinspoon Foundation for supporting our teachers’ professional development and enabling Phyllis to attend.”